Acts 14

Author:

Ernie Morales

Scripture

ACTS 14

Observation

- Paul and Barnabas speak in the Synagogue as they normally do
- A great number of Jews and Greeks believed
- The Jews who didn’t poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against the brothers
- Paul and Barnabas kept speaking boldly and some sided with them and some with the Jews
- There was a plan to stone them but they found out about it and fled to Lystra and Derbe
- In Lystra there was a man who couldn’t from birth. Paul saw that he had the faith to be healed so Paul told him to stand to his feet and he was healed
- When the crowd saw this, they thought Paul and Barnabas were gods
- They then told the crowd that they aren’t gods and they shared the good news about the living God vs. their worthless things
- Some Jews came and won the crowd over and they stoned Paul but he lived
- They went to Derbe and won a large number of disciples an then returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch to strengthen the disciples encouraging them to remain true to the faith
- They recognized that they would have to go through many hardships
- Through prayer and fasting they appointed elders in each church
- They went back to Antioch and reported all that God had done to the other believers and how God had opened the door for Gentiles too

Application

Paul and Barnabas were on a mission to tell people about the good news of Jesus. They traveled to different places and talked to many different people including Jews and Gentiles. Along the way there were people who became believers and people who did not. Along the way there were also people who came against them and their message in violent ways. However, they didn’t back down or waiver in their sharing the gospel message. They knew that they were going to go through “many hardships” as part of the price of talking to people about Jesus. They accepted this and kept going anyways even when times were challenging.

As I grow in my relationship with Jesus, He is going to ask me to do things that will come with risk and opposition. This is more than just the normal challenge I may have living my everyday life. I think about something Frances Chan said, “What am I doing that requires faith?” As I do more and more of these things, I have to keep my eye on Jesus and the mission He gives me so I can stay faithful to what He is asking me to do no matter what comes my way.

Prayer

Lord I trust You and You have always been faithful to me even when I have been faithless. I want to live in obedience to You and what You ask of me. Help me to stay focused and keep going no matter what comes my way. I love You Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.



3 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
God is faithful Ernie, amen.
The phrase worthless struck me when reading this passage - in v15 the worthless things were the things the people in Derbe found value in, they also did not recognize a - or the real God when they saw him. What sort of things have I bought into that I champion or strive for.....how much have I allowed the culture to speak into me, and do I unknowingly teach these things to those who watch. Father may I see things for what they truly are using your eternal filter of faith today and pursue the things that are then legitimately valuable. Amen

Mon, February 23, 2015 @ 8:24 AM

2. Phil Payne wrote:
The priests of Hermes and Zeus thought- How amazing that our Gods have come to meet us! But when Paul and Barnabas proved to messengers from a different God, the mood got hostile fast. Likewise, certain Jews from Iconium were zealous enough for thir "true" faith that they pursued Paul to this new city (Derbe) - wanting to kill him.

We can expect opposition when our message overturns well-entrenched worldviews or profitable idol trades. But God delivered Paul from death, raising him up after the stoning. Our courage comes from certainty that our days ARE in God's hands. Not all stonings turn out well from human perspectiv e - but deliverance into heaven (Stephen, chap 7) or deliverance for continued ministry (this chapter) are both excellent outcomes that glorify God and build the Kingdom.

Prayer: Jesus, when I face your enemies, Keep my soul steadfast in strength, centered on your face and strength, and may I hope first and only that you will preserve my soul and glorify your Name.

Mon, February 23, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

3. Rob Schulze wrote:
Ugh-- I'm such a people pleaser! The boldness of Paul and Barnabus in the face of opposition is compelling...

Tue, February 24, 2015 @ 8:54 AM

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